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Games of the V Olympiad

Host city Stockholm, Sweden
Nations participating 28
Athletes participating 2,407 (2,359 men, 48 women)
Events 102 in 14 sports
Opening ceremony May 5, 1912
Closing ceremony July 27, 1912
Officially opened by Gustav V of Sweden
Stadium Olympiastadion

The 1912 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were held in 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. For the first time, competitors in the Games came from all five continents symbolized in the Olympic rings. It was also the last time that solid gold medals were awarded; modern medals are usually gold coated silver. The main arena was Stockholms Olympiastadion.

A winter sports week for the 1912 Games featuring figure skating were rejected by organizers because they wanted to promote the Nordic Games, a quadrennial sporting event, instead.

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[edit] Highlights

  • Francisco Lázaro, a Portuguese runner died from the heat while running the marathon.
  • American Jim Thorpe won the pentathlon and the newly created decathlon. He was disqualified because of violation of principles of amateurism, but was rehabilitated in 1982.
  • Swedish marksman Oscar Swahn became the oldest Olympic gold medalist (up to that time), at the age of 64, in the deer-shooting event.
  • Women's events in swimming and diving were introduced.
  • Sweden, as the host country, refused to allow boxing events.
  • Future World War II General George S. Patton took part in the first modern pentathlon competition.
  • In athletics, electronic timing devices were first used.
  • For the first time the Yugoslav athletes took part. They were the representatives of Kingdom of Serbia and were sent by the Serbian Olympic Club: sprinter Dušan Milošević, who ranked third in the 100m qualification group and marathon runner Dragutin Tomašević, who finished in 37th position.
  • Ewart Douglas Horsfall wins his first two gold medals for Great Britain in rowing. He has widely been considered as Britain's greatest rower prior to Steve Redgrave.

[edit] Medals awarded

[edit] Demonstration sport

[edit] Participating nations

28 nations competed in Stockholm.

[edit] Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1912 Games.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Image:US flag 46 stars.svg United States 25 19 19 63
2 Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (host nation) 24 24 17 65
3 Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 10 15 16 41
4 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Finland 9 8 9 26
5 Image:Flag of France.svg France 7 4 3 14
6 Image:Flag of the German Empire.svg Germany 5 13 7 25
7 Image:South Africa Red Ensign.png South Africa 4 2 0 6
8 Image:Flag of Norway.svg Norway 4 1 4 9
9 Image:Hungary flag 1867.png Hungary 3 2 3 8
10 Image:Flag of Canada-1868-Red.svg Canada 3 2 3 8

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1912 Summer Olympics

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